A gripping psychological family drama about Rebecca Grey, a sensitive girl who's spent her childhood caring for her alcoholic mother, Bex. They lurch from one poverty-stricken situation to another until Rebecca is hospitalised with exhaustion.
Bex's life was frozen by a shocking tragedy when she was nineteen. Her 'great grief' caused her to make a decision which nobody must ever find out about. Rebecca has been implicated in her mother's lies since the moment of her birth, a fact that her father, Jack, has no inkling of.
The thunder of hooves is getting closer for both Rebecca and Bex and the blond-haired boy is more and more often in Rebecca's dreams. Can Bex continue to keep Rebecca in the dark about the circumstances of her birth, or will the final twist in her tail set Rebecca free to make a new life of her own?
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"This book was nothing like I expected it to be, but I loved it - i devoured it in one sitting!"
"Oh I was captivated from the first page. I felt like I was pulled in and was living life through the characters eyes. The book is so descriptive that you can’t help but be whisked away and become lost in their lives and struggles."
"I loved this book. As a Nottinghamshire girl I identified with places mentioned and Skegness too. The escapism through art. The characters are strong and drew me in with empathy and frustration. A book I picked up and didn’t want to put down till I had finished.."
Böddi wakes up in a hospital bed one morning with no idea of what has happened to put him there. While still in hospital he has an intense psychological Experience which leaves him realizing it is time to change his whole way of life and sets him off on a search for spiritual truth.
During his journey he encounters a selection of memorable characters including Henry and Pau who point him in the direction of Laos. There he meets Max, who invites him to share his home and study the lessons of life. From scrubbing stones under a blazing sun, to the brutal environment of a foreigners’ prison, Boddi begins to open his mind. He falls in love with Marissa who is on her own spiritual journey, and learns to deny his physical desires for the first time ever.
Through a series of painful setbacks, Böddi finds his way onto a path to a more fulfilled future. But there is one final confrontation he has to face up to before he can feel truly free.
"Wonderful book, with a lot of truth. Well written and as soon as you start you can´t stop. Grateful for this book."
Ellie can’t work out whether she’s running away from the past or towards a future she always felt she should have had. She left university and had baby after baby without even meaning to. But it was her third child she blamed for ruining her life.
Now her children have grown and Ellie is on her own. She shocks everybody by selling her home and moving into a converted van to travel the country selling handmade dolls at craft fairs.
It can be lonely on the road. Ellie has two companions: her dog, Jack, and the mysterious
Eliza who turns up in the most unexpected places. At every encounter with Eliza, Ellie feels as if she’s standing again in the aching cold of a waterfall in Iceland, the sound of crashing water filling her with dread.
Ellie can’t change the past. But is it really too late to rectify the bad thing she did when Eliza was a baby?
"This is a haunting book." - Rosalind Minett
"Wow. I finished this book and sat and held it for a moment, breath stopped. It was extraordinary." - Louise Beech
"I couldn't put it down! I love it, Tracey Scott-Townsend's best yet by far. " - Ali Edgeley
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In April 1940, two British Destroyers sail into the harbour at Tórshavn. From that point onwards the lives of the Faroe Islanders are irrevocably altered.
Eighteen-year-old Kjartan blames the war for taking away the last remaining member of his family. At the same time he struggles with intense feelings for his best friend Orri.
While they puzzle over the true identity of the herbalist who lives on the spiky slopes of the islet Tindhólmur, miraculous recoveries of the sick begin taking place all over the islands.
There is one person above all others that Kjartan and Orri wish to be made well again, but when this finally seems to be happening, the war deals them its cruellest blow yet.
Peopled by a cast of characters worthy of Dickens, The Eagle and The Oystercatcher resonates with the evocative bleakness of the Faroe Islands, coloured by rain and snow. With her skilful writing, the author adeptly conveys the everyday details of the islanders' lives.
"I could not put it down as a deep empathy is created with the characters. At the end I was reduced to tears. A beautifully written book, with a captivating story." - Paula Needham
Motherhood, family, sense of place and reflections on the human condition are at the heart of this collection of poems, mainly written in 2017.
"I found So Fast by Tracey Scott-Townsend an absolute gem of a collection. I fear it will be little known but it deserves to be praised amid the likes of writers like Maya Angelou, Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath. So Fast explores everything it means to be a woman, a mother, a lover and a friend. I loved every word."